Re­pair work set to be­gin at Cos Cob School

Greenwich Time - - NEWS / FROM THE FRONT PAGE - By Jo Kroeker jo.kroeker@hearst­medi­

GREEN­WICH — Re­con­struc­tion work at Cos Cob School could be­gin as early as next Mon­day, now that a con­trac­tor has been cho­sen to make re­pairs af­ter a flood dam­aged and closed part of the build­ing last month, of­fi­cials said Thurs­day.

The Green­wich Pub­lic Schools ad­min­is­tra­tion is work­ing with Wern­ert Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment and var­i­ous town de­part­ments to ex­pe­dite the con­tract and in­sur­ance ap­proval pro­cesses so the work can be­gin as soon as pos­si­ble, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Wern­ert has been work­ing with the dis­trict and build­ing ad­min­is­tra­tors to se­lect ma­te­ri­als for the fin­ish­ing and mill­work com­po­nents of the project, such as mold­ing, trim, floor­ing and wall panel­ing.

A wa­ter leak caused by a bro­ken faucet in the sec­ond floor art room pri­mar­ily caused dam­age on the first floor at Cos Cob School. That dam­age was found in the cab­i­netry, ceil­ing tiles and dry­wall, car­pet and vinyl floor­ing, as well as walls, which had to be opened up to pre­vent mold from grow­ing.

As a pre­cau­tion, school of­fi­cials also de­cided to take out more sheet rock and ceil­ing tiles in class­rooms to make sure all the dam­aged ar­eas are re­moved.

Cos Cob School was closed for a week af­ter the leak. Since then, first- and sec­ond-graders have been us­ing class­rooms at Old Green­wich School and the kinder­gart­ners are at Park­way School. Stu­dents in grades 3, 4 and 5 are us­ing class­rooms on the third floor of Cos Cob.

If the dis­trict can fi­nal­ize the con­tract and Wern­ert can be­gin work­ing by Mon­day, of­fi­cials say they in­tend to have re­con­struc­tion, in­spec­tions and ap­provals com­pleted in time for stu­dents to re­turn to Cos Cob School af­ter the De­cem­ber re­cess.

Jo Kroeker / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Staff re­moved car­pet­ing and book­shelves, dam­aged by the leak, from the Cos Cob Me­dia Cen­ter.

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